• Today marks my final day as interim principal at TJS. It has been a true privilege to work alongside this wonderful staff and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know your children. I know you will join me in welcoming Mrs. Sing to the Madison community. Torey J is so lucky to have her as the next principal! 


    On a more serious note, cold and flu season is upon us, as well as concerns about the coronavirus. The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) announced on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 the opening of a hotline (1-800-222-1222) for the public to ask questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Here is a NJDOH fact sheet with more information.  Please keep your child home if they are sick. For acute respiratory illness, a student should be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school. New Jersey Department of Health guidance for K-12 schools can be found here. At TJS, we have been following all NJDOH school cleaning procedures. 


    Calendar Reminders:


    Wednesday, February 4: District Chorus Concert at MJS (4th and 5th Grade) 7pm


    Monday, February 17: Schools Closed for President’s Day


    Tuesday, February 18: Schools Closed for Staff Professional Development



    Guidance Update:


    As we cross the midline of the school year, TJS counseling initiatives are in full swing.  Forty seven of our young ladies across grade levels currently participate in seven different lunch groups meeting weekly.  During group time, we have been tackling topics like, what to do/say in challenging social scenarios and using an assertive tone when expressing our feelings.  Our K, 2, 3 and 4 Jaguar Buddies met this week and completed a pre-Valentine’s Day lesson focusing on building positive self esteem. Additionally, the theme of my most recent classroom lessons in grades 2 and 3 is emotion regulation.  Students had the opportunity to self assess what triggers or, “pushes their buttons.” We also discussed how to recognize ways our bodies respond to anger and other strong emotions. This lesson segues into an emotion management “tool kit” that I will model and student practice during the next lesson. I look forward to visiting our K and 1 classrooms next week!  Best, Judy Bletcher 


    PTO Update:




    WHERE: Park Avenue Club

    WHEN: Saturday March 7, 2020

    TIME: 7:00PM-10:30pm

    WHAT: 50/50 raffle, Golden ticket prizes, Cornhole tournament, Bid for parent hosted parties and teacher outings for the kids


    ***We would like to invite any TJS alums in the area. If you know of any (who are over 21) please reach out to us at presidents.tjspto@gmail.com***


    International Gathering

    We would like to invite you to our first gathering of the year!!

    When: Sunday February 2 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

    Where: Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave 

    Please bring one of your favorite dishes, including snacks or desserts to enjoy and share with other families.

    Please confirm your attendance with Patricia Kupper, patriciakupper@googlemail.com

    See attachment for more information


    Sewing Club

    Any future fashion designers at TJS or just interested in learning to sew? Please see the attached information from Fashion First Workshops for kids. This is not a TJS affiliated program, but it takes place at the Community House in Madison and looks like a great activity!!


    Cultural Enrichment from the PTO

    On Wednesday, we had Li Lui acrobatics come to TJS to perform, please be sure to ask your child(ren) about it (description below). Thank you to Belle Somers for all her hard work organizing all these great events.


    In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performed hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, foot juggling, and more. Students joined her to create an impromptu ribbon dance and tried their hand at plate spinning. Students learned about Chinese language and culture as Li Lui explained some of the rituals of Chinese New Year, taught the audience Chinese phrases, and encouraged them to think about what it might have been like to grow up in a different time and place.


    Science Fair

    The Science Fair is back! 

    When: March 25, 6:30-8:30PM in the Jaguar Jungle

    To register and learn more follow the link here to the Science Fair PTO page. Registration is open until February 20th. Please register your group only once. If you have any questions feel free to contact Ken O'Flaherty (koflaherty@hotmail.com)


    Have a great weekend!


    1st Community International Gathering

    Winter 2020 Thursday Morning Club